Spring Valley council awards pair of business grants

Council approves more than $14,000 in grants for improvements

The Spring Valley Council awarded a pair of Business Revitalization Grants on Monday.

Pietro Alfano was approved for a $7,500 grant to improve a property at 103 West St. Paul St. and Cosgrove Distributors received a grant of $6,806.25 for exterior improvements to its property at 120 South Greenwood St.

Additionally, Spring Valley’s city government offices soon will begin collaborating using a cloud-based data management platform for the first time, after the City Council approved a five-year agreement with GovPilot LLC at its meeting Monday.

The service, which comes at an annual subscription cost of $10,000, is intended to improve documentation and streamline workflow while also enabling citizens to submit concerns or other feedback through a website or mobile app. GovPilot’s proposal indicates an anticipated deployment time of 45 to 60 days to deliver its product.

A request for a variation was submitted for Jimmy John’s on East Dakota Street, seeking permission to install a menu board and speaker post roughly 20 feet from its property line. City zoning ordinances require businesses to set such items at least 40 feet back from the edge of their property.

In submitting the request, Art Riewalt indicated by using mitigation efforts including automatic volume control and sound barriers, the noise coming from the drive-thru speaker would be dampened sufficiently for adjacent property owners. The council referred the matter to the Zoning Board of Appeals for review.